Please submit a search term.

Coreopsis lanceolata

Common Name(s):
Lanceleaf coreopsis, sand coreopsis, tickseed
Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers

Coreopsis lanceolata, commonly called lanceleaf coreopsis, is a native wildflower which typically grows to 2' tall and occurs in prairies, glades, fields, and roadsides. 

Plants in the genus Coreopsis are sometimes commonly called lanceleaf tickseed in reference to the resemblance of the seeds to ticks. Many excellent cultivars of this species are available in commerce.

Regions:  Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plains

Seasons of Interest: 

  Leaf:                     Blooms: Early spring, spring             Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Summer

Wildlife Value:   This plant is highly resistant to damage by deer.  Its flowers are very attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.  Songbirds eat the seeds.

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems: This plant can be an aggressive self-seeder. Tends to sprawl, particularly if grown in moist and/or fertile soils. Crown rot may occur if grown in moist, poorly drained soils.

Late spring
12-24 in.
Flower Color:
Gold, yellow
USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9
Lanceleaf coreopsis has narrow, hairy, lance-shaped leaves (2-6" long) that appear primarily near the base of the plant in basal tufts. Lower basal leaves are mostly entire, while smaller stem leaves may be pinnately lobed.
The Lanceleaf coreopsis features solitary, yellow, daisy-like flowers (1-2" diameter) with eight yellow rays (toothed at the tips) and flat yellow center disks. The flowers bloom atop slender, erect stems from spring to early summer.
clump forming
The Lanceleaf coreopsis is easily grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. It thrives in poor, sandy or rocky soils with good drainage. This plant is tolerant of heat, humidity, and drought. Prompt deadheading of spent flower stalks encourages additional bloom and prevents any unwanted self-seeding. It freely self-seeds, and in optimum growing conditions will naturalize to form large colonies. The plants may be cut back hard in summer if foliage sprawls or becomes unkempt. If grown in borders, division may be needed every 2-3 years to maintain robustness.
Seed, division spring or fall
Full sun to partial shade
Well-drained to dry soil
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
North America, North Carolina
Life Cycle:
cpp, sun, naturalizing, yellow, highly beneficial coastal plants, drought tolerant, border, gold, perennial, deer resistant, partial shade, cut flowers, songbirds, spring, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 698

Coreopsis lanceolata Coreopsis lanceolata plant
Andrey Zharkikh, CC BY - 2.0
Coreopsis lanceolata Coreopsis lanceolata bloom
chipmunk1, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Coreopsis lanceolata Coreopsis lanceolata leaf
suika, CC BY-NC-2.0